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After years of waiting, GPU performance tracking is coming to the Windows Task Manager with the upcoming Fall Creators Update for Windows 10. Redmond started testing the new feature in the Task Manager late last night with the release of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16226, which also include a range of other different features.
The Task Manager in Windows 10 will give you the usage stats for your GPU under the Performance tab, just like it has been doing for your CPU, storage, and network. Microsoft took this a slight step further by letting you get the usage details for each different component of GPU — for instance, you’ll be able to find out how much of your GPU is being used for video decoding, or to power virtual reality, etc. It will also give you the key information about your GPU, including things like the name of your GPU, the driver version number, etc. — this obviously isn’t going to be really useful for power users but for the average joe who’s trying to find his GPU specs, this will certainly be a nice addition. Microsoft is adding a new GPU column to the Processes area in the Task Manager as well where you will be able to find out how much of your GPU is being leveraged by a game, or all of the other processes.
Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar said in a blog post that the new feature is still being worked on, and much like every new feature that’s found on preview builds, you’ll likely find a bunch of bugs in the new feature. If you do, you can always test your GPU health.